David Lynch’s new season of "Twin Peaks" introduces a gritty darkness while keeping diehard fans reeled in with glimpses from the show’s past and new lovable characters, suggests Sean T. Collins of Rolling Stone. Nerves stay tense as Lynch builds excitement with silent suspense, making viewers understand that horrible violence could ensue any second. The new "Twin Peaks" is not for the faint of heart, heavily borrowing from the horror genre. Collins finds the way Lynch plays with his viewers' emotions uniquely alluring. The show’s narrative has become more depressing but alleviates this with glimpses of hope that yes, there is good in this world.
The relaunch of "Twin Peaks" fails to rekindle the show’s original flame, according to Daniel D’Addario of Time. He feels that the show attempts to bring back its past mystique, but other than confusing its viewers manages to establish little of substance. Its pace is too slow and the casual use of gruesome violence seems like a forced trope rather than actually adding to the plot. The first two seasons used surrealism to tell an intriguing story while the latest episodes strive for surrealism itself, without little else behind it. D’Addario hopes that future episodes progress from the current trend and provide reasons other than nostalgia to continue watching.